Christopher Panio received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and subsequently obtained his law degree at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Il. While a student at John Marshall, he served as a personal injury law clerk for Terrance J. Lavin, now a judge on the Illinois First District Appellate Court, Fifth Division. After graduating from law school, he continued honing his skills as a personal injury attorney and acumen for (and knowledge of) Illinois personal injury law for several years as an associate attorney before launching his own law firm, Panio Law Offices. In only a short period of time, Panio Law Offices has grown rapidly to become one of Chicago’s leading personal injury firms representing clients from across the Chicagoland area.
In addition to his law practice, Chris is a court-appointed arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County Mandatory Arbitration program, where he evaluates and renders decisions on a wide variety of personal injury and property damage cases filed in Cook County. He also serves as Chairman of the Civil Law Committee of the South Suburban Bar Association, a board member of the Lawyer Referral, Pro Bono, and Advertising Committee of the South Suburban Bar Association, and an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.
Mr. Panio is licensed to practice throughout the State of Illinois as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
The Law Bulletin Publishing Company has named Christopher Panio an Emerging Lawyer, a prestigious distinction given the top two percent of all Illinois lawyers who are 40 years old or younger or practicing law 10 years or less and have proven themselves professional, ethical and experienced at an early point in their legal careers. Emerging Lawyers are selected by their peers and approved by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board. Membership nomination is limited to only the top Illinois lawyers, and the honor is part of the prestigious Leading Lawyers distinction, a division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.